The “cold open” is a storytelling technique which throws the reader directly into the action to build up a sense of danger, humour, or mystery. COLD OPEN STORIES was launched in June 2019 as a love-letter to short fiction and weird fiction that have the power to quickly throw us into new worlds and encourage us to reflect on our culture. You can read and listen to Cold Open Stories for free, and we encourage our audience to support our efforts by giving to sponsored charities.

Production Team

Founder & Creative Director

Colyn De Graaff is a communications professional and intercultural advisor living in Canada. As the founder of COLD OPEN STORIES, he currently serves as its Creative Director. He writes, directs, edits, produces, and promotes the multitude of materials found on the site.

Chief Editor

Because of the high number of written entries we receive at COLD OPEN STORIES, we are looking to expand our team with the addition of a Chief Editor. Individuals who may be interested in this volunteer position, and share an interest in seeking emerging writing talent, are encouraged to contact using using the button below.

The Quick and Easy
– Read content and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
– Correspond with authors and help them bring out their best work.
– Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish.


Robert Renato Hack is a composer and sound designer living in Hungary. He creates soundscapes and original music for COLD OPEN STORIES and produces unofficial Warhammer 40,000 music for other creators to use in their videos (upon request). You can find more of his work at https://www.robertrenato.com/officio-audiorum/

Community Officer

COLD OPEN STORIES is all about community. It's about finding new readers and listeners while encouraging them to participate in the creative process. To support this work, we are looking for a volunteer Community Officer to help find new talent and a multitude of voices.

The Quick and Easy
-Repost social posts in fan and creative communities / pages / groups
– Search for awards / screenings which COLD OPEN STORIES can enter
– Contribute to the Charities Support expansion strategy

Awards / Accolades

  • AudioVerse Awards Finalist 2019: Best Performance of a Leading Role – Cari Scholtens as Ardel Mane, When All Lights Have Gone Out
  • AudioVerse Awards Finalist 2019: Best Performance of a Supporting Role – Carla Mack as Abigail Pike, When All Lights Have Gone Out